Verizon to Discontinue Copper in Heavily Populated Areas of the Northeast

Telephone Copper Wire

Verizon has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to retire copper in numerous areas of New York, New England and Pennsylvania, as it continues moving customers to fiber-based technology.

The carrier said it plans to retire copper facilities and replace them with fiber facilities to provide services over its fiber-to-the-premises network infrastructure. It plans to do so on or after June 28.

The changes will take place in more than 50 wire centers in New York, such as Flushing, JFK Airport, North Staten Island and West Staten Island. In addition, the changes in New England will take place at four wire centers in Massachusetts.

And the change in Pennsylvania will take place at the Pottstown wire center.

Verizon said updating its network from copper to fiber “benefits our customers because of fiber’s resiliency and reliability, especially in inclement weather.” Fiber also provides customers with “expanded capabilities to grow with current bandwidth demands for their home or business,” it said.

After the retirement, Verizon will no longer offer services via copper facilities and cease maintaining them.

If no objections are filed, a notice of copper retirement usually will be deemed final on the 90th day after the release of the commission’s public notice of the filing; however, if a retirement doesn’t involve any customers, those will be deemed final on the 15th day after the release of the public notice.


  1. Avatar G. Reeve April 1, 2019 @ 6:32 pm

    How does Verizon plan to provide telephonic access for subscribers being discriminated against when their is NO alternative direct Public service thru fiber? Or telephones to directly connect to fiber?

  2. Avatar Dave April 9, 2019 @ 6:26 pm

    If Verizon removes the copper facilities then that eliminates their competition form using the copper lines for great products such as Ethernet over Copper (EoC) internet service. EoC is a great service for many different size business’s and eliminating the copper lines removes a terrific product. In my opinion, this is anti-competitive and the FCC needs to reconsider.

  3. Avatar Darlene Haskins June 22, 2019 @ 10:46 am

    I’ve had my Verizon landline phone for decades, with the same phone number for decades. Verizon recently contacted me, (via phone and mail), stating they’ll need come out to remove the copper wiring. and replace it with fiber optics. The catch is, they insist I must sign up with Fios service going forward. Now, I’ve had cable service since the 90’s. It’s with Comcast, and I have the triple play package. For the most part, I’m ok with Comcast, but I like my Verizon phone too. I’d like to keep it!
    Verizon says when they come out to change my copper wiring to fiber optics, I have to end my Comcast service, and go with Verizon.
    Looks as if the only choice I have in this matter is to discontinue Verizon, and retire my old favorite phone number!

    • Avatar Hanna December 12, 2019 @ 11:25 am

      You can port your number to a cable service – I suggest you call Comcast and tell them you’d like to port your number over to their voip service. They’ll probably have to send you a module to plug into your cable modem, but after that you plug your phone into the module, and continue receiving phone calls on your old number. I agree doing nothing would be optimal, but at least you don’t have to change everything if forced to give up the copper wire service.

  4. Avatar M September 6, 2019 @ 8:29 am

    I OBJECT and am not happy with this change. In a power outage you have NO phone service with FIOS.

    The FCC should reconsider. I am filing a complaint!

    • Avatar Richard Pizzimenti January 4, 2020 @ 3:12 am

      Not true, during a power outage, your backup battery takes over automatically. It provides phone service for about 8 hours of the outage. Those really concerned can purchase additional batteries or a generator and always have phone service.

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